ALL NEW DVD RELEASES FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION THIS NOVEMBER





ALL NEW DVD RELEASES FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION THIS NOVEMBER
Below is a listing of the upcoming DVD releases from PBS Distribution slated for November.

Every purchase helps support public television for all.
Programs available:
Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon – 11/09/21
Genre: Documentary, Biography, History
Run Time: 480 min. on 4 discs – DVD and Blu-Ray
SRP: $69.99/ $79.99 (Blu- Ray)
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Baptiste, Season 2 – 11/02/2021
Genre: Crime, Drama
Run Time: 355 min. on 2 discs
SRP: $39.99
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Grantchester, Season 6 – 11/30/2021
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Run Time: 400 min. on 3 discs
SRP: $44.99
American Experience: Citizen Hearst – 11/23/2021
Genre: Documentary, History
Run Time: 204 min. on 2 discs
SRP: $24.99
FRONTLINE: America After 9/11 – 11/09/21
Genre: Documentary, History
Run Time: 120 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 10/5:
* Tex Avery: Screwball Classics – Volume 3 (Warner Archives)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD; $21.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD

EXTRAS: a pre-MGM cartoon short from Avery’s time with Warner Bros, THE CRACKPOT QUAIL, with its original 1941 soundtrack
—–Shorts: BLITZ WOLF, THE EARLY BIRD DOOD IT, ONE HAM’S FAMILY, HAPPY GO NUTTY, JERKY TURKEY, THE SHOOTING OF DAN McGOO, SWING SHIFT CINDERELLA, WILD AND WOLFY, NORTHWEST HOUNDED POLICE, SLAP HAPPY LION, KING SIZE CANARY, WHAT PRICE FLEADOM, LITTLE TINKER, SENOR DROOPY, COCK-A-DOODLE DOG, ROCK-A-BYE BEAR, LITTLE JOHNNY JET, BILLY BOY, DEPUTY DROOPY, and CELLBOUND.
NOTE: our thanks to our friend, Jerry Beck, for this information courtesy of his Cartoon Research website
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COMING ON 10/26:
* New Amsterdam – Season 3 (Universal)
$34.98 SRP DVD MOD

—–Maverick medical director Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) and his inspiring team of doctors and nurses are back for the timely third season of the emotional and heart-pounding medical drama, “New Amsterdam.” This season, Max and his team’s devotion to fixing the broken health care system is put to the test amidst the unique and overwhelming challenges of a global pandemic. But no matter what obstacles they face, together these selfless medical heroes remain hopeful and committed to revolutionizing health care, one patient at a time. Also starring Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, and Tyler Labine. 3-disc set.

* Good Witch – Season 7 (Hallmark)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The velvet pouches of soil discovered by Cassie, Abigail, and Joy mark the start of a new Merriwick mystery, one that leads them to reflect on their pasts. With the usual Middleton fun, new relationships, personal challenges and romance are in store. Actors: Catherine Bell; James Denton; Rhys Matthew Bond; Sarah Power; Catherine Disher. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 11/9:
* Muhammad Ali – A Film by Ken Burns (PBS)
$69.99 SRP DVD; $79.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Born Cassius Clay, Jr., Ali rose from boxing amateur to Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion, just as he had promised he would at the age of twelve. He wrote his own rules – in the ring and in his life – infuriating his critics, baffling his opponents, and riveting millions of fans. He spoke his mind and stood on principle, staying true to his Islamic faith and refusing induction into the U.S. Army…even when it cost him his livelihood. Banished for his beliefs, he returned to boxing an underdog, reclaimed his title twice, and became the most famous man on earth. An intimate portrait of a larger-than-life global icon, this four-part, eight-hour documentary tells the story of an exceptional athlete whose influence transcends boxing. “He was,” the novelist Norman Mailer wrote, “the very spirit of the 20th Century.” 4-disc set in either format.
NOTE: this is the general retail release of this title; the PBS shop will begin selling it directly to customers on Oct. 19th (delayed from 9/28): https://shop.pbs.org/WD5942.html
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COMING ON 11/30:
* I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$44.98 SRP DVD; $85.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Your Wish is Our Command! All 139 episodes filled with hilarious blinks! With the blink of her eyes and a nod of her head, Barbara Eden will make your wishes come true in I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series. Enjoy all 139 episodes in their original broadcast presentation – including the first season in black & white – on this 12-disc collection that re-introduces Larry Hagman as Captain Anthony Tony Nelson, an astronaut who finds himself Master to a beautiful and crafty genie (Eden) whom he unknowingly releases from a bottle. Together, he and Jeannie are a magical match. Packed with some of television’s brightest guest stars, I Dream Of Jeannie is the beloved must-own comedy series that will have you dreaming of TV’s Golden Age.
NOTE: this first-ever Blu-ray Disc edition of the title was originally scheduled for release in June, then July, then August, but now Mill Creek seems confident in being able to deliver it on their new release date of November 30th; on the same date they will release a 12-disc set on DVD format as well…this title was released as a 20-disc set by Sony in limited edition packaging back in 2008, then in unlimited packaging in 2013, but this is Mill Creek’s first DVD “complete series” set, which Amazon is taking pre-orders for as of this writing at a price point under $20!
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COMING ON 12/7:
* Avatar: The Last Airbender AND The Legend Of Korra – The Ultimate Aang & Korra Blu-ray Collection (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$97.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: features over an hour of all-new and exclusive bonus features, including an Auditory Exploration with the Avatarverse Creators, a conversation with Janet Varney and Dante Bosco, hosts of the Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast, and 8 collectible art cards in special packaging!
—–The ultimate Aang and Korra Blu-ray collection. Experience the complete Avatar saga, from the discovery of Avatar Aang in the iceberg in Avatar: The Last Airbender to Korra’s heroic journey to set things right in Republic City through The Legend of Korra. Relive all the epic air-, earth-, water-, and firebending in the ultimate Avatar Collection! 18-disc set.



“MUHAMMAD ALI,” STREAMING ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL





NEW DOCUSERIES BY KEN BURNS, “MUHAMMAD ALI,” STREAMING ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL THIS SEPTEMBER

— Four-Part Series Explores Life of Cultural Icon —
— Available in 4K UHD —

“MUHAMMAD ALI”

Premiere Date September 19, 2021
Episodes 4
Genre Biography, Documentary, Sports

Arlington, VA – September 8, 2021 – “MUHAMMAD ALI,” a new four-part documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will begin streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel September 19. The new series which was in development for six years, was also written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, whose previous collaborations with Burns include THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2012), JACKIE ROBINSON (2016) and EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY (2020). The film follows the life of one of the most consequential men of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, as well as his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.

Drawing from an extraordinary trove of archival footage and photographs, contemporary music, and the insights and memories of eyewitnesses—including family and friends, journalists, boxers and historians, among many others—the docuseries is a sweeping portrait of an American icon. The series details the story of the athlete who called himself—and was considered by many to be—“the greatest of all time” and competed in some of the most dramatic and widely viewed sporting events in history, including “The Fight of the Century” and “The Thrilla in Manila,” both against his great rival Joe Frazier, as well as “The Rumble in the Jungle,” in which he defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight title that was stripped from him seven years earlier.

“MUHAMMAD ALI,” captures Ali’s principled resistance to the Vietnam War, his steadfast commitment to his Muslim faith, and his complex relationships with Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. While largely celebrated today as an icon of American sport and culture, Ali was not always embraced. At times he was reviled by many in America, especially white Americans and members of the media. Ali faced a firestorm of criticism when he said, “I ain’t got nothing against them Viet Cong” –a stance that would result in five years of legal jeopardy and a three-and-a-half-year banishment from boxing.

Ali’s story is full of contradictions. Despite his ruthlessness in the ring, he was a symbol of peace and pacifism. Though committed to a faith that expected dignified conduct, he was notoriously unfaithful to his wives. A clever showman with unparalleled genius for promotion, he occasionally allowed partners and friends to take advantage of him. Endlessly trumpeting his own greatness, yet anonymously donating much of his fortune.

“MUHAMMAD ALI” includes interviews with Ali’s daughters Hana Ali and Rasheda Ali, his second wife Khalilah Ali, his third wife Veronica Porche, and his brother and confidant Rahaman Ali. Others appearing in the film include activist and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, sportswriter Howard Bryant, historian Gerald Early, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, friend and business manager Gene Kilroy, boxing promoter Don King, novelist Walter Mosley, long-time friend Abdul Rahman, and New Yorker editor David Remnick, among many others.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
in September:
American Experience: Citizen Hearst
American Experience: Jimmy Carter, Season 1
American Experience: Reagan, Season 1
American Experience: Supreme Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor
American Masters: Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage
American Masters: Twyla Moves
Discovering Your Warrior Spirit with D.J. Vanas
FRONTLINE: America After 9/11
FRONTLINE: Boeing’s Fatal Flaw
Generation 9/11
Independent Lens: Harvest Season
Lives Well Lived
NOVA: Bat Superpowers
NOVA: The Cannabis Question

About PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a DTC-SVOD channel exclusive to Prime Video. This channel features nearly 900 hours of the highest quality factual programming, including the full catalog of films from Ken Burns and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, in addition to programming from other independent producers.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



“MUHAMMAD ALI,” STREAMING ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL





NEW DOCUSERIES BY KEN BURNS, “MUHAMMAD ALI,” STREAMING ON THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL THIS SEPTEMBER

— Four-Part Series Explores Life of Cultural Icon —
— Available in 4K UHD —

“MUHAMMAD ALI”

Premiere Date September 19, 2021
Episodes 4
Genre Biography, Documentary, Sports

Arlington, VA – August 26, 2021 – “MUHAMMAD ALI,” a new four-part documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will begin streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel September 19. The new series which was in development for six years, was also written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, whose previous collaborations with Burns include THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2012), JACKIE ROBINSON (2016) and EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY (2020). The film follows the life of one of the most consequential men of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, as well as his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.

Drawing from an extraordinary trove of archival footage and photographs, contemporary music, and the insights and memories of eyewitnesses—including family and friends, journalists, boxers and historians, among many others—the docuseries is a sweeping portrait of an American icon. The series details the story of the athlete who called himself—and was considered by many to be—“the greatest of all time” and competed in some of the most dramatic and widely viewed sporting events in history, including “The Fight of the Century” and “The Thrilla in Manila,” both against his great rival Joe Frazier, as well as “The Rumble in the Jungle,” in which he defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight title that was stripped from him seven years earlier.

“MUHAMMAD ALI,” captures Ali’s principled resistance to the Vietnam War, his steadfast commitment to his Muslim faith, and his complex relationships with Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. While largely celebrated today as an icon of American sport and culture, Ali was not always embraced. At times he was reviled by many in America, especially white Americans and members of the media. Ali faced a firestorm of criticism when he said, “I ain’t got nothing against them Viet Cong” –a stance that would result in five years of legal jeopardy and a three-and-a-half-year banishment from boxing.

Ali’s story is full of contradictions. Despite his ruthlessness in the ring, he was a symbol of peace and pacifism. Though committed to a faith that expected dignified conduct, he was notoriously unfaithful to his wives. A clever showman with unparalleled genius for promotion, he occasionally allowed partners and friends to take advantage of him. Endlessly trumpeting his own greatness, yet anonymously donating much of his fortune.

“MUHAMMAD ALI” includes interviews with Ali’s daughters Hana Ali and Rasheda Ali, his second wife Khalilah Ali, his third wife Veronica Porche, and his brother and confidant Rahaman Ali. Others appearing in the film include activist and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, sportswriter Howard Bryant, historian Gerald Early, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, friend and business manager Gene Kilroy, boxing promoter Don King, novelist Walter Mosley, long-time friend Abdul Rahman, and New Yorker editor David Remnick, among many others.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
in September:
American Experience: Citizen Hearst
American Experience: Jimmy Carter, Season 1
American Experience: Reagan, Season 1
American Experience: Supreme Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor
American Masters: Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage
American Masters: Twyla Moves
Discovering Your Warrior Spirit with D.J. Vanas
FRONTLINE: America After 9/11
FRONTLINE: Boeing’s Fatal Flaw
Generation 9/11
Independent Lens: Harvest Season
Lives Well Lived
NOVA: Bat Superpowers
NOVA: The Cannabis Question

About PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a DTC-SVOD channel exclusive to Prime Video. This channel features nearly 900 hours of the highest quality factual programming, including the full catalog of films from Ken Burns and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, in addition to programming from other independent producers.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 7/20:
* America Unearthed – Season 1 (Lionsgate)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–America is the surprising burial ground for a web of archaeological secrets. Forensic geologist Scott Wolter reveals that the history books may not tell the whole story. Across the country, ancient symbols, religious relics, and unexplained artifacts suggest that civilizations from around the world have left their mark. A real-life Indiana Jones, Wolter not only uncovers compelling evidence that pre-dates the official “discovery” of the New World, he also turns what we think we know about American history on its head. From the Knights Templar to the Vikings, America Unearthed proves there is a hidden side to the American map, and there are some things people have gone to great lengths to cover up. 3-disc set.

* America’s Book of Secrets – Season 2 (Lionsgate)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Again opens the vault of information usually hidden from the public view, including previously undisclosed historical narratives and insider information. This season, via in-depth research and exclusive channels, we delve into a range of familiar yet enigmatic subjects like the American Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Hells Angels; such esoteric subjects as Bigfoot, and even presidential cover-ups. Come with us as we bust through the locked doors and security checkpoints of government agencies, famous landmarks and stealthy societies to glimpse the hidden worlds never intended for public viewing. 3-disc set.

* American Hoggers – Season 1 (Lionsgate)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–AMERICAN HOGGERS follows legendary Brown County hog hunter Jerry Campbell and his family level-headed son Robert, firecracker daughter Krystal and family friend Lea as they struggle to rescue Texas residents and ranches from the devastating chaos caused by millions of invasive wild boars. Located in the heart of Texas, the family dedicates itself to the front lines riding horseback, driving a custom-rigged Jeep, using highly trained dogs with GPS tracking systems and employing good old-fashioned know-how to help those endangered by these destructive beasts. Season 1 finds the Campbells battling boars and each other in an ongoing clash between old dogs using old tricks and new dogs with new technology, as they build their father’s hog-hunting lifestyle of over a half century into a thriving family business. Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 7/27:
* Crash – Season 2 (Lionsgate)
$34.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–In the city of Los Angeles, it’s dangerous to have a dream; but impossible not to follow one. And that constant pursuit of the unattainable will make the most unlikely characters connect and collide in a diverse social mosaic. From chance encounters to dramatic interactions, L.A. is the fuel that can change lives forever. Dennis Hopper, Dana Ashbrook, Moran Atias, Clare Carey, Jocko Sims, and Ross McCall. 4-disc set.

* Bring It! – Season 1 (Lionsgate)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Coach Diana Williams and her Dancing Dolls troupe are taking on the hip-hop world – one dance-off at a time! Based in Jackson, Mississippi, it’s Coach D’s Dancing Dolls versus the rest of the world in the fiercely competitive face-offs against other talented and ruthless dance teams. Each hour-long episode follows the Dolls as they prepare for and travel to a competition or showcase that will culminate in a nail-biting standoff between the Dancing Dolls and one of their sworn rivals! 3-disc set.

* The Doodlebops – Season 3 (Lionsgate)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The Doodlebops are kids’ favorite rock band. This musical comedy series for children stars Deedee, Rooney and Moe Doodle…three multi-talented rock stars who are always singing, dancing and learning from each other. They are the ultimate rock and roll band! Join The Doodlebops as they hang out and practice their song and dance routines in the coolest rehearsal space imaginable, and travel from show to show in their super cool tour bus! The Doodlebops will get kids twisting, turning, bopping and learning with their upbeat energetic music and funny stories. 3-disc set.

* Ax Men – Season 5 (Lionsgate)
$39.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–From the remote islands of Alaska to Louisiana’s gator-filled swamps, nine Ax Men teams once again face death-defying challenges in the series’ fifth season. Via 20 one-hour episodes, HISTORY showcases America’s loggers ranging from charismatic Montana cowboys to the reigning Papac champs, each packing their own agenda for a sweet taste of that million-dollar green gold. Embarking on the toughest season of their careers, this year’s crews attempt to conquer Mother Nature, themselves and the impossible in a race promising only explosive results. 5-disc set.

* Cajun Justice – Season 1 (Lionsgate)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–In a world where people live by Cajun justice, the Sheriff is like a king, and voodoo is practiced, they are the police. The detectives and deputies of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department are the guardians charged with serving and protecting this one-of-akind terrain. Forty five miles south of New Orleans and covering 2,000 square miles of treacherous swampland, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department investigates thousands of criminal incidents every year. But this is no ordinary cop show. With the fiery personalities of the local Cajuns and the uniqueness of the Louisiana justice system, there’s no such thing as a routine police call. Whether it’s a creepy sighting of the Rougarou (‘shape-shifting swamp monster’), a distressed neighbor reporting a stolen air conditioner during a heat wave, or a lead on the gruesome local serial killer case, the deeper into the sticky swampland they delve, the stranger and more mysterious the calls become. Deep in the remote bayou, certain residents think the rules don’t apply to them and are more than willing to fight back. As the heat and humidity rises, so does the crime rate and bizarre behavior. 3-disc set.

* Billy The Exterminator – Season 5 (Lionsgate)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Billy goes where most men fear to tread in capturing critters where they don’t belong and relocating them to a safer home for everybody concerned. Watch as Billy tackles alligators, snapping turtles, raccoons, bats, rats, flying squirrels, snakes, and a tenacious red fox in a family’s playroom! 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 8/3:
* Wife Swap – Season 1 (ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

EXTRAS: Behind the Swap – Benner vs. McMichael; Behind the Swap – Lobdell vs. Moon; Behind the Swap – DeGarmo vs. Mosby; Behind the Swap – McCormick vs. Muffley; Behind the Swap – Drudge vs. Fusco; Behind the Swap – Levine vs. Williams; Behind the Swap – Chauhan vs. Lenoir-Johnson; Behind the Swap – Dias vs. Lunsford; Behind the Swap – Icgoren vs. Legend
—–Hot-button issues like politics, classism, gender and race come to the forefront when families from different geographical and social backgrounds swap spouses for one week, then meet up at the end to discuss what they’ve learned. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 8/24:
* Berlin Station – Season 2 (ViacomCBS)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Season Two of Berlin Station opens in the thick of a New World Order that has taken root, and is steadily deepening. In the wake of the Far Right tide sweeping across continental Europe, Germany finds itself on the precipice of a pivotal election. 3-disc set.
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COMING ON 8/31:
* Fear The Walking Dead – The Complete 6th Season (Lionsgate)
$38.98 SRP DVD; $44.99 SRP DVD
NOTE: as of this writing, there are no pre-order listings available for this title
EXTRAS: Audio Commentaries; Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
—–After being torn apart by the Pioneers, Morgan’s (Lennie James) group is now dispersed across their far-reaching settlements, with life behind the Pioneers’ walls testing each of the group’s members in different ways…and forcing them to define who they really are in this new world. As Morgan’s bid to free the remaining members of the group grows bolder, Virginia’s (Colby Minifie) desperation to find her sister accelerates, as does her need to protect the settlements from the enemy forces outside – and within. With new alliances forming, relationships dissolving, loyalties switching, and everyone forced to take sides, “The End Is the Beginning” reveals its deepest meaning. 4-disc set in either format.
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COMING ON 9/14:
* Eli Roth’s History of Horror – Season 2 (RLJ/Image)
$34.97 SRP DVD; $34.97 SRP Blu-ray

Eli Roth explores the dark power and wicked fun of scary movies, the craft that went into making them, and the ways that horror films reflect the anxieties of their times. The themes include Houses of Hell, Monsters, Body Horror, Witches, Chilling Children, and Classic Horror. Interviewees include Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele and more. 2-disc set in either format.
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COMING ON 9/21:
* Peppa Pig – Season 1 (Universal)
DVD

—–Join Peppa for all of her first adventures in Peppa Pig: Season 1! Jump and down in muddy puddles, make friends, and—uh-oh!—learn to ride a bike?! Help Daddy Pig find his glasses and Mummy Pig at work, then go fly a kite! Giggle through 50+ Peppasodes with Peppa Pig, her family, and friends. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 9/28:
* Emergency! – The Complete Series (Universal)
DVD

—–Hit the streets with Squad 51 in Emergency!, the pioneering series that was the first to portray the real-life drama of those who devote their lives to saving others. With sirens blaring, dedicated paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) respond to the most desperate calls in the City of Angels. A heroic medical team, including Nurse Dixie McCall (Julie London) and doctors Kelly Brackett (Robert Fuller) and Joe Early (Bobby Troup) await them at Rampart Hospital, where life-and-death decisions are all part of a day’s work. From legendary producer Jack Webb (Dragnet) come all six seasons of this gripping and suspenseful series that captivated viewers and launched a genre of television. 32-disc set that includes “The Final Rescues” (the post-series telefilms).
NOTE: this title has previously been released on DVD, in 2013 and 2016, but had been discontinued. It is being re-issued on DVD, with the same on-disc content, for those fans who might have missed it in the past. This title has not been announced for Blu-ray Disc format, and there are no plans in that format to the best of our ability to discern.

* Muhammad Ali – A Film by Ken Burns (PBS)
$69.99 SRP DVD; $79.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Born Cassius Clay, Jr., Ali rose from boxing amateur to Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion, just as he had promised he would at the age of twelve. He wrote his own rules – in the ring and in his life – infuriating his critics, baffling his opponents, and riveting millions of fans. He spoke his mind and stood on principle, staying true to his Islamic faith and refusing induction into the U.S. Army…even when it cost him his livelihood. Banished for his beliefs, he returned to boxing an underdog, reclaimed his title twice, and became the most famous man on earth. An intimate portrait of a larger-than-life global icon, this four-part, eight-hour documentary tells the story of an exceptional athlete whose influence transcends boxing. “He was,” the novelist Norman Mailer wrote, “the very spirit of the 20th Century.” 4-disc set in either format.

* A House Divided – Season 3 (RLJ/Image)
$17.96 SRP DVD

—–The Sanders family continues to navigate chaos and turmoil, as their world rapidly unravels in the worst possible way. Between fending off attacks from rivals to battling their inner demons, things are heating up as danger is increasing for the whole clan, and their past seems to be catching up to them. A new season, a new set of twists and turns reveal the fate of this once all-powerful empire. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 10/5:
* Castle Rock – The Complete Series (Warner)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $44.98 SRP Blu-ray

—–The complete TV series Castle Rock. Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgard, Jane Levy, Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Elsie Fisher. 6-disc set on DVD; 4-disc set on Blu-ray Disc.



MUHAMMAD ALI to Premiere September 19, 2021 on PBS





MUHAMMAD ALI to Premiere September 19, 2021 on PBS

New Ken Burns Four-Part Series Explores Life of Legendary Boxer

ESPN’s The Undefeated Joins PBS for National Conversation Series on Sports, Race and Culture

Muhammad Ali talks with the press after winning back the Heavyweight Championship for an unprecedented third time by beating Leon Spinks at the Super Dome in New Orleans, LA. September 15, 1978. Credit: Michael Gaffney

Arlington, VA – May 12, 2021 – MUHAMMAD ALI, a new four-part documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, will air on PBS September 19-22, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). The new series, which was in development for six years, was also written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, whose previous collaborations with Burns include THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2012), JACKIE ROBINSON (2016) and EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY (2020).

The film follows the life of one of the most consequential men of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions of fans with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, and his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases, and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.

Leading up to the September broadcast, Burns will join PBS and The Undefeated, ESPN’s multimedia platform exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture, to hold a series of insightful conversations about sports and race in America. The virtual events will feature sports and entertainment figures, scholars and writers, preview clips from the film, and examine Ali’s life and career in the context of America—and the world—today. PBS LearningMedia will also build out full educational materials focusing on the intersection of race and sports in 20th century America to support the film.

As with all Florentine Films productions, an accomplished group of historians, writers and other topic experts provided input on the script and film, including USC professor of media studies Todd Boyd, author Howard Bryant, Washington University history professor Gerald Early, long-time Burns collaborator and author Geoffrey C. Ward, Rutgers journalism professor Khadijah White, MIT history professor Craig Wilder, and writer David Zirin. Jonathan Eig, a biographer of Ali, was a consulting producer to the film.

Drawing from an extraordinary trove of archival footage and photographs, contemporary music, and the insights and memories of eyewitnesses—including family and friends, journalists, boxers and historians, among others—Burns, Burns and McMahon have created a sweeping portrait of an American icon. The series details the story of the athlete who called himself—and was considered by many to be—“the greatest of all time” and competed in some of the most dramatic and widely viewed sporting events ever, including “The Fight of the Century” and “The Thrilla in Manila,” both against his great rival Joe Frazier, and “The Rumble in the Jungle,” in which he defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight title that was stripped from him seven years earlier. MUHAMMAD ALI also captures Ali’s principled resistance to the Vietnam War, his steadfast commitment to his Muslim faith, and his complex relationships with Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, who profoundly shaped his life and worldview.

“Muhammad Ali was the very best at what he did,” said Ken Burns. “He was arguably America’s greatest athlete, and his unflinching insistence that he be unabashedly himself at all times made him a beacon for generations of people around the world seeking to express their own humanity.” Burns also explored the life of the first African American heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, in his 2004 film UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON.

While he is largely celebrated today as an icon of American sport and culture, Ali was not always widely embraced. At times he was reviled by many in American society, especially white Americans and white members of the media, who rejected his faith and feared his involvement with the Nation of Islam. Ali also faced a firestorm of criticism when he said, “I ain’t got nothing against them Viet Cong” and refused induction into the United States Army, citing his religious beliefs—a stance that would result in five years of legal jeopardy and a three-and-a-half-year banishment from boxing.

“Ali is rightly celebrated for his athleticism in the ring,” said Sarah Burns, “but he was equally heroic in his willingness to stand up for what he believed was right.”

“Ali’s principled opposition to the Vietnam War and deeply affecting message of racial pride were remarkable then and equally so now,” said David McMahon. “His actions and words speak to his character and also to his influence as an athlete who used his celebrity to speak out about injustices that he could not tolerate.”

“Muhammad Ali is a national icon whose life and legacy are woven into the fabric of American history,” said Sylvia Bugg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. “PBS is committed to sharing stories that deepen understanding and reflect a diversity of perspectives, and we’re thrilled to bring this extraordinary biopic to our audiences this fall.”

“Muhammad Ali remains one of the most iconic figures in American history. He has been studied and modeled and quoted extensively, and his life’s story is central to understanding the modern Black athlete and this period of activism and social change that The Undefeated has been privileged to chronicle,” said Raina Kelley, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of ESPN’s The Undefeated. “We are proud to collaborate with PBS and Ken Burns to host this exciting conversation series on the meaning of Ali and his lasting legacy.”

Ali’s death in June 2016 coincidentally came just weeks after the launch of The Undefeated, and his life, legacy and impact have been a defining theme for its coverage of the intersection of race, sports and culture in America. Utilizing both its own staff writers and a lengthy roster of historians and authors, the site has hosted a wide range of historical analysis on the complex threads of Ali’s life, as well as reporting on the outsized influence he has had on current debates about the role of the Black athlete and activist in the American story. Fittingly, his story is also a cornerstone of The Undefeated’s best-selling young adult book, The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World.

Ali’s story is full of contradictions. Despite his competitive reputation and ruthless athleticism in the ring, he went on to become a symbol for peace and pacifism. Though committed to a faith that expected obedience and dignified conduct, he was notoriously unfaithful to his wives, at times publicly flaunting his affairs. Ali was a clever showman with an unparalleled genius for promotion and turn of phrase, who occasionally allowed his partners and friends to take advantage of him. He endlessly trumpeted his own greatness as a boxer, but anonymously donated to save a Jewish old age home, made surprise visits to pediatric hospitals and signed autographs for every last fan.

MUHAMMAD ALI includes interviews with Ali’s daughters Hana Ali and Rasheda Ali, his second wife Khalilah Ali, his third wife Veronica Porche, and his brother and confidant Rahaman Ali. Others appearing in the film include activist and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, boxing promoter Bob Arum, anthropologist Donna Auston, childhood friend Vic Bender, former heavyweight boxing champion and playwright Michael Bentt, author Todd Boyd, sportswriter Howard Bryant, law professor and co-founder of the Weather Underground Bernardine Dohrn, historian Gerald Early, journalist and Ali biographer Jonathan Eig, poet and activist Nikki Giovanni, former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, childhood friend Alice Houston, sportswriter Jerry Izenberg, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, professor of religion Sherman Jackson, former Georgia State Senator Leroy Johnson, friend and business manager Gene Kilroy, sportswriter Dave Kindred, boxing promoter Don King, lawyer Tom Krattenmaker, sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, lawyer Michael Meltsner, novelist Walter Mosley, journalist Salim Muwakkil, long-time friend Abdul Rahman, New Yorker editor David Remnick, photographer Lowell Riley, historian Randy Roberts, childhood friend Owen Sitgraves, friend Victor Solano, Nigerian poet and playwright Wole Soyinka, writer Gay Talese, writer Quincy Troupe, and sportswriter Dave Zirin.

A production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C., MUHAMMAD ALI was directed and executive produced by Ken Burns, directed, written and produced by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, produced by Stephanie Jenkins (THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, JACKIE ROBINSON, EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY), co-produced by Tim McAleer (JACKIE ROBINSON, EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY) and associate produced by Joe Siegal (WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME, MY FATHER AND ME, MARIANNE AND LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE). Akia Thorpe was the production coordinator. The film was edited by K.A. Miille (WHO KILLED MALCOLM X?, TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.), Woody Richman (HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, TROUBLE THE WATER, FAHRENHEIT 9/11), Ted Raviv (THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, JACKIE ROBINSON), and Aljernon Tunsil (FREEDOM SUMMER, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, BOSS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS, EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY), with assistant editor Samali Bikangaga and apprentice editors Gabrielle Berbey, Franny Bernstein and Shyala Jayasinghe. The film is narrated by Keith David (JAZZ, MARK TWAIN, THE WAR, UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON, JACKIE ROBINSON). Buddy Squires was the cinematographer. Original music was provided by Jahlil Beats. The executive in charge for WETA is John F. Wilson.

MUHAMMAD ALI will be available to stream for free on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view the documentary via PBS Passport, as part of a full collection of Ken Burns films. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.

Corporate funding for MUHAMMAD ALI was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by David M. Rubenstein. Major funding was also provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and by its members Alan and Marcia Docter; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tudor Jones; Gilchrist and Amy Berg; The Brooke Brown Barzun Foundation, Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and Augusta Brown Holland Foundation; The Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Perry and Donna Golkin; John and Leslie McQuown; John and Catherine Debs; Fred and Donna Seigel; Susan and John Wieland; Stuart and Joanna Brown; Diane and Hal Brierley; Fiddlehead Fund; Rocco and Debby Landesman; McCloskey Family Charitable Trust; Mauree Jane and Mark Perry; and Donna and Richard Strong.

About WETA

WETA is the leading public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and with high-quality programming on television, radio and digital. WETA Washington, D.C., is the second largest producing-station of new content for public television in the United States, with productions and co-productions including PBS NEWSHOUR, WASHINGTON WEEK, THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE, THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG, LATINO AMERICANS, ASIAN AMERICANS and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.

About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About The Undefeated

The Undefeated is ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. The digital hub, TheUndefeated.com, which launched in May 2016, combines innovative long-form and short-form storytelling, investigation, original reporting and provocative commentary to enlighten and entertain African Americans, as well as sports fans seeking a deeper understanding of black athletes, culture and related issues. In addition to its cutting-edge content, The Undefeated seeks to be a thought-leader on race, sports and culture in the country – convening insightful forums to discuss and debate topical issues affecting sports and race in America.



MUHAMMAD ALI to Premiere September 19, 2021 on PBS





MUHAMMAD ALI to Premiere September 19, 2021 on PBS

New Ken Burns Four-Part Series Explores Life of Legendary Boxer

ESPN’s The Undefeated Joins PBS for National Conversation Series on Sports, Race and Culture

Muhammad Ali talks with the press after winning back the Heavyweight Championship for an unprecedented third time by beating Leon Spinks at the Super Dome in New Orleans, LA. September 15, 1978. Credit: Michael Gaffney

Arlington, VA – May 12, 2021 – MUHAMMAD ALI, a new four-part documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, will air on PBS September 19-22, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). The new series, which was in development for six years, was also written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, whose previous collaborations with Burns include THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2012), JACKIE ROBINSON (2016) and EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY (2020).

The film follows the life of one of the most consequential men of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions of fans with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, and his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases, and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.

Leading up to the September broadcast, Burns will join PBS and The Undefeated, ESPN’s multimedia platform exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture, to hold a series of insightful conversations about sports and race in America. The virtual events will feature sports and entertainment figures, scholars and writers, preview clips from the film, and examine Ali’s life and career in the context of America—and the world—today. PBS LearningMedia will also build out full educational materials focusing on the intersection of race and sports in 20th century America to support the film.

As with all Florentine Films productions, an accomplished group of historians, writers and other topic experts provided input on the script and film, including USC professor of media studies Todd Boyd, author Howard Bryant, Washington University history professor Gerald Early, long-time Burns collaborator and author Geoffrey C. Ward, Rutgers journalism professor Khadijah White, MIT history professor Craig Wilder, and writer David Zirin. Jonathan Eig, a biographer of Ali, was a consulting producer to the film.

Drawing from an extraordinary trove of archival footage and photographs, contemporary music, and the insights and memories of eyewitnesses—including family and friends, journalists, boxers and historians, among others—Burns, Burns and McMahon have created a sweeping portrait of an American icon. The series details the story of the athlete who called himself—and was considered by many to be—“the greatest of all time” and competed in some of the most dramatic and widely viewed sporting events ever, including “The Fight of the Century” and “The Thrilla in Manila,” both against his great rival Joe Frazier, and “The Rumble in the Jungle,” in which he defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight title that was stripped from him seven years earlier. MUHAMMAD ALI also captures Ali’s principled resistance to the Vietnam War, his steadfast commitment to his Muslim faith, and his complex relationships with Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, who profoundly shaped his life and worldview.

“Muhammad Ali was the very best at what he did,” said Ken Burns. “He was arguably America’s greatest athlete, and his unflinching insistence that he be unabashedly himself at all times made him a beacon for generations of people around the world seeking to express their own humanity.” Burns also explored the life of the first African American heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, in his 2004 film UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON.

While he is largely celebrated today as an icon of American sport and culture, Ali was not always widely embraced. At times he was reviled by many in American society, especially white Americans and white members of the media, who rejected his faith and feared his involvement with the Nation of Islam. Ali also faced a firestorm of criticism when he said, “I ain’t got nothing against them Viet Cong” and refused induction into the United States Army, citing his religious beliefs—a stance that would result in five years of legal jeopardy and a three-and-a-half-year banishment from boxing.

“Ali is rightly celebrated for his athleticism in the ring,” said Sarah Burns, “but he was equally heroic in his willingness to stand up for what he believed was right.”

“Ali’s principled opposition to the Vietnam War and deeply affecting message of racial pride were remarkable then and equally so now,” said David McMahon. “His actions and words speak to his character and also to his influence as an athlete who used his celebrity to speak out about injustices that he could not tolerate.”

“Muhammad Ali is a national icon whose life and legacy are woven into the fabric of American history,” said Sylvia Bugg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. “PBS is committed to sharing stories that deepen understanding and reflect a diversity of perspectives, and we’re thrilled to bring this extraordinary biopic to our audiences this fall.”

“Muhammad Ali remains one of the most iconic figures in American history. He has been studied and modeled and quoted extensively, and his life’s story is central to understanding the modern Black athlete and this period of activism and social change that The Undefeated has been privileged to chronicle,” said Raina Kelley, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of ESPN’s The Undefeated. “We are proud to collaborate with PBS and Ken Burns to host this exciting conversation series on the meaning of Ali and his lasting legacy.”

Ali’s death in June 2016 coincidentally came just weeks after the launch of The Undefeated, and his life, legacy and impact have been a defining theme for its coverage of the intersection of race, sports and culture in America. Utilizing both its own staff writers and a lengthy roster of historians and authors, the site has hosted a wide range of historical analysis on the complex threads of Ali’s life, as well as reporting on the outsized influence he has had on current debates about the role of the Black athlete and activist in the American story. Fittingly, his story is also a cornerstone of The Undefeated’s best-selling young adult book, The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World.

Ali’s story is full of contradictions. Despite his competitive reputation and ruthless athleticism in the ring, he went on to become a symbol for peace and pacifism. Though committed to a faith that expected obedience and dignified conduct, he was notoriously unfaithful to his wives, at times publicly flaunting his affairs. Ali was a clever showman with an unparalleled genius for promotion and turn of phrase, who occasionally allowed his partners and friends to take advantage of him. He endlessly trumpeted his own greatness as a boxer, but anonymously donated to save a Jewish old age home, made surprise visits to pediatric hospitals and signed autographs for every last fan.

MUHAMMAD ALI includes interviews with Ali’s daughters Hana Ali and Rasheda Ali, his second wife Khalilah Ali, his third wife Veronica Porche, and his brother and confidant Rahaman Ali. Others appearing in the film include activist and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, boxing promoter Bob Arum, anthropologist Donna Auston, childhood friend Vic Bender, former heavyweight boxing champion and playwright Michael Bentt, author Todd Boyd, sportswriter Howard Bryant, law professor and co-founder of the Weather Underground Bernardine Dohrn, historian Gerald Early, journalist and Ali biographer Jonathan Eig, poet and activist Nikki Giovanni, former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, childhood friend Alice Houston, sportswriter Jerry Izenberg, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, professor of religion Sherman Jackson, former Georgia State Senator Leroy Johnson, friend and business manager Gene Kilroy, sportswriter Dave Kindred, boxing promoter Don King, lawyer Tom Krattenmaker, sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, lawyer Michael Meltsner, novelist Walter Mosley, journalist Salim Muwakkil, long-time friend Abdul Rahman, New Yorker editor David Remnick, photographer Lowell Riley, historian Randy Roberts, childhood friend Owen Sitgraves, friend Victor Solano, Nigerian poet and playwright Wole Soyinka, writer Gay Talese, writer Quincy Troupe, and sportswriter Dave Zirin.

A production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C., MUHAMMAD ALI was directed and executive produced by Ken Burns, directed, written and produced by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, produced by Stephanie Jenkins (THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, JACKIE ROBINSON, EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY), co-produced by Tim McAleer (JACKIE ROBINSON, EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY) and associate produced by Joe Siegal (WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME, MY FATHER AND ME, MARIANNE AND LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE). Akia Thorpe was the production coordinator. The film was edited by K.A. Miille (WHO KILLED MALCOLM X?, TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.), Woody Richman (HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, TROUBLE THE WATER, FAHRENHEIT 9/11), Ted Raviv (THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, JACKIE ROBINSON), and Aljernon Tunsil (FREEDOM SUMMER, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, BOSS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS, EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY), with assistant editor Samali Bikangaga and apprentice editors Gabrielle Berbey, Franny Bernstein and Shyala Jayasinghe. The film is narrated by Keith David (JAZZ, MARK TWAIN, THE WAR, UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON, JACKIE ROBINSON). Buddy Squires was the cinematographer. Original music was provided by Jahlil Beats. The executive in charge for WETA is John F. Wilson.

MUHAMMAD ALI will be available to stream for free on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view the documentary via PBS Passport, as part of a full collection of Ken Burns films. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.

Corporate funding for MUHAMMAD ALI was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was also provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and by its members Alan and Marcia Docter, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tudor Jones, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, Brooke Brown Barzun, Owsley Brown III, and Augusta Brown Holland, The Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, Perry and Donna Golkin, John and Leslie McQuown, John and Catherine Debs, Fred and Donna Seigel, Susan and John Wieland, Stuart and Joanna Brown, Diane and Hal Brierley, Fiddlehead Fund, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Bonnie and Tom McCloskey, Mauree Jane and Mark Perry, and Donna and Richard Strong.

About WETA

WETA is the leading public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and with high-quality programming on television, radio and digital. WETA Washington, D.C., is the second largest producing-station of new content for public television in the United States, with productions and co-productions including PBS NEWSHOUR, WASHINGTON WEEK, THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE, THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG, LATINO AMERICANS, ASIAN AMERICANS and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.

About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About The Undefeated

The Undefeated is ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. The digital hub, TheUndefeated.com, which launched in May 2016, combines innovative long-form and short-form storytelling, investigation, original reporting and provocative commentary to enlighten and entertain African Americans, as well as sports fans seeking a deeper understanding of black athletes, culture and related issues. In addition to its cutting-edge content, The Undefeated seeks to be a thought-leader on race, sports and culture in the country – convening insightful forums to discuss and debate topical issues affecting sports and race in America.